This is a super fun process art project for children to explore: we’re making squeegee paintings!
Squeegee painting process art activity
In this process art project children can use paint and squeegees with a scrape painting technique to blend colours and create a one-of-a-kind art work.
In this article you can:
:: explore a sensory process art technique using paint
:: learn how to use squeegees to create a scrape painting technique
:: select your own choice of colours for your project
:: find links to more sensory process art ideas
Lots of process art ideas with NurtureStore!
Help your children explore their creativity and think like artists and scientists as they have fun exploring a wide range of process art techniques with our Art Spark resource.
Your children will love these fun and exciting art adventures, and you’ll feel confident about guiding your children, with lots of ideas to develop a rich art practice.
Everything is organised for you, with (simple) materials lists, instructions on how to introduce materials and projects, and supporting resources to explore famous art and world cultures.
:: white card
:: acrylic paint in a variety of colours
:: Christmas Bauble printable, if you are joining this lesson as part of NurtureStore’s Ten Days of Christmas Art Baubles
Process art painting with squeegees
Sensory process art is all about experimenting and trying out new techniques, to encourage children’s confidence and creativity.
You can’t completely control the end result of process art, so you always get a surprise. Process art invites children to relax, have a go, have fun, and learn something new.
In this sensory art project we’re using paint and squeegees with a scrape art technique. This lets children see the possibilities of creating art with anything and everything: not only paintbrushes! It starts them thinking about what else they could use: thinking like artists and scientists.
How to do squeegee painting
Cover your work surface with a protective wipeable / washable cloth or large sheets of (disposable) paper.
Start with a piece of white card. Tape it down on a horizontal, flat surface to hold it still while you work with the squeegee.
Add blobs of brightly coloured paint at the top of the card.
Place your squeegee across the top of the card and pull it carefully through all the paint blobs to create a design as the paint colours overlap and blend together. Hold the squeegee flat so it’s in contact with the card the whole time you are pulling it.
Pull the squeegee from the top to the bottom of your card. Then lift the squeegee carefully off the card and use a scrap cloth to wipe of any excess paint – or rinse it in a tub of water.
:: try the technique again using different colours
:: try more or fewer colours
:: use paint of only one colours, such as several shades of blue
:: try starting with a coloured piece of card rather than a white one
:: once the paint is dry, add more paint blobs and squeegee it again
:: once the paint is dry, use marker pens to draw illustrations on the squeegee print
:: join our Ten Days of Christmas Art – see below!
Squeegee art Christmas bauble craft
Join our Ten Days of Christmas Art Baubles and create a squeegee art bauble!
Use our Christmas bauble printables in place of a piece white card to create your art. Tape it down on a horizontal, flat surface to hold it still while you work with the squeegee.
Add blobs of brightly coloured paint at the top of the bauble.
Place your squeegee across the top of the bauble and pull it through all the paint blobs to create the design on the bauble.
Once the paint is dry, cut out the bauble from the printable and hang it up on the wall or Christmas tree as part of your Christmas art decorations.
>>> NurtureStore is hosting ten days of art lessons making Christmas art baubles, with ten different designs inspired by famous art and interesting process art techniques. We’re learning about Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Yayoi Kusama, Georges Seurat, and Alma Woodsey Thomas, plus exploring marbling, wax resist, squeegee art, printing and collage techniques.